This report from COIN describes the blanket of silence that has descended on the issue of climate change in the UK in the past five years. The report argues the debate urgently needs new narratives that make the link between the climate challenge and ordinary people’s lives.
Climate Silence - and how to break it
Carbon Capital Handbook
The financial sector views fossil fuels as a reliable bet, and is betting on the UK government doing little to curb our oil, gas and coal addiction. With tax breaks of over £1 billion to North Sea oil, and new carbon reporting rules that don’t even ask financiers to count the impact of their investments, it has not been disappointed.
This booklet, compiled by the World Development Movement, looks at how the City of London organises the fossil fuel investments for destructive fossil fuel projects that are leading to runaway climate change, and asks what we can do to stop it. Its aim is to inform campaigners and equip them to take action.
Talking Climate: the gateway to research on science communication
There is a great deal of research on climate change communication, but too often this valuable knowledge doesn’t reach the people who need it most: climate change communicators. The Talking Climate website contains a practical guides on subjects such as Making Climate Science Simple and Using Scare Tactics: does it work? Check it out for tips and advice for your campaign communications.
Point of No Return (2013)
This 2013 Greenpeace study reveals how a 'carbon bomb' of 14 planned fossil fuel projects alone would increase global carbon emissions by 20% by 2020 if given the go-ahead. These projects include expansion of Canadian and Venezuelan tar sands; open cast coal mines in China and Australia; offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil - as well as other Ecocidal plans. This report explores the climate science as well as the clean energy alternatives.
Skeptical Science: Getting skeptical about skepticism
Winner of the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Advancement of Climate Change knowledge, the Skeptical Science forum seeks to establish a clear distinction between healthy scepticism and denial. The site’s author systematically explores and debunks the numerous arguments set out by climate change deniers. Articles are pitched at varying levels of complexity and depths, ensuring that content is both commonly accessible and scientifically robust.
Real Science: Climate Science from the Climate Scientists
The Real Science site seeks to provide rapid response by climate scientists working in the field to mainstream coverage on climate change - be this to debunk erroneous claims or to add vital context where missing. Aimed at the wider public and journalists, the analysis and commentary remains strictly science focused and does not offer any political or economic insight. This is a moderated forum.
Grist How to talk to a climate skeptic
A series of articles published in Grist by Coby Beck on “How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic” have been collected and are available in their entirety on this site. Beck’s contributions largely focus on rebutting common objections to anthropogenic climate change and are classified into four key areas: Stages of Denial; Scientific Topics; Types of Argument and Levels of Sophistication.
The primary purpose of this blog is to expose and counter attempts by those with vested interests in carbon intensive industries to greenwash their activities and hijack the debate on climate change. In the team's own words, “DeSmogBlog is here to cry foul - to shine the light on techniques and tactics that reflect badly on the PR industry and are, ultimately, bad for the planet.”
PIRC - Climate Factsheets
This set of factsheets pulls together peer reviewed science that detect and attribute changes in climate in response to anthropogenic forcing. As well as distilling the background science in a way that makes it easily communicable, each factsheet responds to common arguments offered by climate skeptics. This resource has been designed specifically with campaigners and journalists in mind.
SCC summary briefing: Fracking for shale gas
The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition position on a UK shale gas industry and some key information about the fracking process and its impacts on the global climate, natural environment, fuel bills and jobs.